What Is The Relationship Between Myth And Dreams

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Dreams are a fascinating phenomenon that all mammals do and no one really knows why. People have ideas on why, for instance, some think mammals dream for a reason like practicing scenarios. Some others think it is just because the brain simply cannot go inactive and certain chemicals are released that make us think weird, funny, or scary dreams. Even though many different disciplines study dreams and why we dream, their views can be mostly contrasting.
Dreams are so complex that there is not just one field that studies it. There are multiple disciplines that study dreams and most have different views about them. The ones that will be discussed throughout the paper are neurology, neurophysiology, ethnography, cognitive psychology and psychiatry,
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Anthropologist sees a thin line between myth and dreams. Myths and dreams are both sequences of vivid images, both dependent upon inner visualizations for communication and impact, and both are attempts to cope with problems of reality (Edgar). Even though Myths are not an individual process, whereas dreams are they both still have a lot of similarities and Anthropologists use the similarities of these as a central theme in social …show more content…
It is a branch of anthropology. It is the production of written descriptions of human social cultures based on researchers ' systematic enquiries, observations, and participatory (Barrett 36). Since they study different cultures and groups they do not have one way of thinking about dreams. Each culture and group thinks of dreams different as well as talks about them differently. Some cultures say “I see a dream,” “having a dream,” and “I dreamt.” “I see a dream,” implies that they are in a condition which they visually witness an occurrence rather than being in the occurrence like the “having a dream,’ saying. “I dreamt,” meaning more of actively undertaking an action than witnessing an occurrence (Barret 41). Different cultures have different theories on dreaming. Dreams and Ethnography lists six different theories (Barret 40). Just because a culture believes on one of these theories does not mean they do not believe in the others. Some believe in multiple it just depends on the dream they had which theory it would go under.

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